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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1977-05-07 (May 7, 1977)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: May 7, 1977 (check for other copies)
Venue: Boston Garden
Location: Boston, MA

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBDMR > PCM > DAT > digital emphasis decode > D->A conversion > DBX Decode > digital mixing console (level adjustments > DAT > DAT (master clone)> WAV > additional editing (AUD patching, pop/glitch removal, etc.) > SHN. Digital encoding and DBX decoding b
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Keywords: Live concert


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Bertha, Cassidy, Deal, Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half Step-> Big River, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped Terrapin Station-> Samson & Delilah, Friend Of The Devil, Estimated Prophet, Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

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SBDMR > PCM > DAT > digital emphasis decode > D->A conversion > DBX Decode > digital mixing console (level adjustments > DAT > DAT (master clone)> WAV > additional editing (AUD patching, pop/glitch removal, etc.) > SHN. Digital encoding and DBX decoding by Rob Eaton; CD editing and mastering by The Wizard.

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Average Rating: 4.81 out of 5 stars4.81 out of 5 stars4.81 out of 5 stars4.81 out of 5 stars4.81 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: FortWarren - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 27, 2013
Subject: Thank gosh
9:19 into Peggy O, just before NMB, you can hear static from a pickup, and I'm PRETTY SURE you can hear Garcia exclaim , "this place is the pits ! "
Makes sense he would say that when they're having equipment trouble, but the irony is that it turns out to be an historicly good show. My one and only time being in the room with Garcia was Boston Garden 17 yrs later. 9.27.94 my fav SOTM of all time! great solo. I digress. I'm a Brent man, but this show here is beyond good. Thanks to everyone who made it happen in my ears

Reviewer: PlanetPeace - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 23, 2013
Subject: Eyes of the World
I'm trying to DL this particular copy of EOFW into my comp. w/out DL the whole set, can anyone help me with this, thanks.

Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 24, 2012
Subject: 1st in trilogy, always compared to 2nd
Where's the time machine they promised by 2010 back in 1970?? If they existed, how many people do you think would be hoping for a miracle outside this show?

What a show for which to have a Bertha source (let alone an Eaton AND a Miller!) - first night of The Holy Trilogy. Since everybody already knows these are three Grade A, 5-star shows, top to bottom, and the most famous 3 back-to-back dates in the history of our species* (just admit it and go back to your 74s and your 72s), I'll just point out a couple things that form my opinion.

This show is the one (of the three) with the equipment problems that causes large gaps between songs. This hurts the flow and therefore the energy compared to Barton and WarBuff. If that weren't the case, this might have been a better show overall than Barton. But it would have been too hot, spinning the planet onto a new plane of existence; so we're probably lucky in that respect.

The streak from Peggy-O to MNS is one of the greatest in the giant history of the band. There is no equal to this MNS, it's just A+. There's no better Samson, though there are a dozen that tie.

I rank the trilogy:
5/7/77 - A-
5/8/77 - A
5/9/77 - A+
Not that it's a necessary exercise. You have all three, you listen to them annually and apply them as salve for life's ailments. You don't master them, you simply live in the same time/space as them. You cogitate alongside them, ruminate, live inside them, lay on their couches and occasionally dust in their corners. Sometimes you take them out to dinner and they do the same. When you're too baked, they drive. They remind you when it's 4:19 and are always up for a road trip.

Same as you do with 5/21/77 and 5/22/77, the best two back-to-backs ever (both A+).

SOURCES: The Bertha sounds perfect but also a bit processed. The Miller is probably truer-to-source but not as mastered (for balance, etc.) though it's too hot in the bottom end, making Phil thud a bunch (as is the SBD). The Eaton is only slightly rougher. They're all perfect but I use the eaton.wizard because Phil has truer note frequency compared to the boomier Bertha (though it's not near as boomy as those damn mastered-for-earbuds Download Series). It's nothing you can't correct for with your EQ.

*Homo Ruderalis?

Reviewer: PourikC - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 7, 2012
Subject: Great sound quality and song selection...
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Reviewer: musicphotos77 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 5, 2012
Subject: An all time great
http://archive.org/details/PhotoOfJerryGarcia5.7.77Boston

Hey now folks, I was at this show and took photos from the front row. Check out the link above , this was taken during Miss Half Step. Having always been a huge fan of the spring 1977 tour (was lucky enuf to be at 4/23, 5/5, 5/7, 5/28), this show has to be one of their best Bertha was the theme for the tour, I would think most heads would agree it is one of the top show openers one could wish for. First set song choices this show were stunning, Jack Straw & Deal in the middle of the first set! Terrapin being a new song that tour was mesmerizing, the flow of music & words were totally unique, even by GD standards. ( I remember trying to figure out the real titles of new songs, Estimated was "California" to us for a while!) The Estimated / Eyes combo was a great blend, in my mind Eyes was the #1 Jerry song I wanted to hear them play every time I went to a show. Cornell the next night was a great show, but to me this one rates as the top of this great tour.

Reviewer: a1becker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 11, 2011
Subject: BEST EYES
I was listening to this concert in bed late one night. Must have dozed off to be awakened to an amazing sound. It was Phil & Jerry going wild on "Eyes of the World" Phil really pounds out great bellowing riffs and Jerry plays with great speed and technical whizardry. They reach into a fantastic creative space.

A lot of the other tracks are really wound up as well. TERAPIN

When you stream this thing make sure you turn the volume up as high as possible, it is impossible to play it to loud. The quality of the recording is clean and detailed. You can close your eyes and step into the tapestry of sound. The snare and cymbols snap out as if you are sitting on the seat of the drum kit next to Bill.

Not much out there any better than this!

PS forgive my spelling.

Reviewer: Loser_Boy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 16, 2011
Subject: Absolute fire
smokin...sizzle..sizzle..siz

Reviewer: kocean01 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 25, 2011
Subject: Whew-Smokin
Had a tape of this years ago. Half Step is off the hook I really like Donna on this as well Make me smile Jerry-thanks for the memories. I love you more than words can tell.

Reviewer: nmoran1393 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 17, 2011
Subject: Great show great month!
i completely agree may 77 was an excellent year...a few nights later incredible show at cornell..my favorite versions of dancing in the streets and fire on the mountain

Reviewer: onboardsince67 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 2, 2010
Subject: Pretty Peggy O
Hey! "Dead in Istanbul" - totally 100% correct about oh_uh-ah_(well, you get it) ... :-)

As to the music, it's without equal. As noted by a few other reviewers, one of Jerry's classic Peggy-O renditions. Interestingly, May, 77 had a number of excellent versions. Two nights earlier - 5/5 in New Haven - must rank with 5/7 as numbers 1 and 2 (in either order) of all time. My ears picked up more of an interplay with Keith on 5/5 and Bobby on 5/7, but regardless, those versions are simply beautiful.

Indeed - the entire month of May, 77 is arguably the finest month for live Dead in their history.

(and what the F - - k was Lawrence T listening to when he gave this show one star - - RFKROX - wonderful comment on "deaf" Lawrence)

Enjoy the music . . . Peace

Reviewer: Dead In Istanbul - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 27, 2010
Subject: oh_uh_um_ah is Back_From_The_Dead
Anyone else find it creepy that oh_uh_um_ah and Back_From_The_Dead are the same person? Especially when he writes "this guy/gal" and "he/she." Pretty creepy man. You might at least change the Real Player info in your posts.

If possible, maybe it's better not to explain how to rip these shows. People can check it out on the net.

That aside, this show is brilliant. The whole Spring run is tremendous. I love this Peggy-O. Ah, the whole show rips and rocks. Enjoy it!

Reviewer: jackstraw700 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2010
Subject: great show!
another way to download this show is to install winamp player and winamp stream ripper.

Reviewer: august_west420 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 18, 2010
Subject: Halfstep
Someone show me a better one.

Reviewer: azforker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 13, 2010
Subject: What a night!
15 days before I am to get out of high school,stopped in the common to burn one,and in we go.Little did I know the ride I was on,seen them in many places,many times,best for the eyes was always Red Rocks,but Boston this night for the ears.They had fun that night,as did I.It was about the music ,long live.....................

Reviewer: AlephDeadHead - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 4, 2010
Subject: keith
probably the best part of keith's playing is that he ued a REAL acoustic piano, and not that fake synth keyboard

Reviewer: rollandfin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 4, 2009
Subject: skr213 is out to lunch
Keith's work especially in the spring of 77 was top notch. skr213 is entitled to his opinion, but maybe he just doesn't know what he is talking about. I won't use 5/7/77 as proof, it's not really my favorite show, however I will refer to help/slip/frank from 5/9/77 or 6/9/77, or 2/26/77 swing's terrapin, or the estimated on 5/18/77 or the terrapin from 3/19/77 the bertha from 5/9/77 the peggy-0 from buffalo or 5/5/ new haven, 4/23 fire, as amazing moments... do you see a trend, he wasn't about being in your face, but what he did do was both fit amazingly with the band, and added sophistication and upper echelon tempo that other bands couldn't touch. the 6/9/77 frank is probably the best example of the it factor.

It is easy to listen to october 1971 or much of later 78 and assume that keith was a light weight, I recognize that some of the chinatown shuffles and you win again's are not earth shattering keyboard examples. But they also were not the important parts of the music. When you really invest in what made the key material eg, playin's, eyes, us blues, scarlet's not just work but colour outside of the lines, keith was part of that recipe.

listen to the franklins tower say in 1980 from radio city, or watch it, why doesn't it work, why doesn't it have the magic that seemed to come so easily in the mid 70's or how about he's gone? what's missing......

when jerry put the band on hold in 1974 and focused on the jgb, he took keith with him, no other dead keyboardist has gotten that honor.

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2009
Subject: Beginning of the best run of '77
as has been stated by many, this nite and the next two (5/8 and 5/9) are widely considered the best of the year and maybe best of all time. i won't argue with that. this show is phenomenal and boasts one of the greatest eyes ever - fast paced and funky! and the half-step is out of this fucking world; garica's phrasing is EXTRORDINARY. just a couple of the many highlights; others include a GREAT music never stopped, wharf rat and peggy-o. must hear stuff. get if you know what to do.

Reviewer: massarsound - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 9, 2009
Subject: whoa!
good god almighty! great stuff on here!!!

Reviewer: msjaynes - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 21, 2009
Subject: oh-oh-oo-oo thank you
Finally got it together to get Real Player grab some music I'd been craving for decades to listen to, all because of oh-uh-um-ah, or back-from-the-DEAD, or whoever you are. Thanks for posting the instructions. Come as you are, take what you need. I'm just here for the music, I hunt out the jams, and the only part of the review I care about is when music is the topic.

Reviewer: back_from_the_DEAD - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 1, 2009
Subject: NO ONE WANTS TO READ YOUR CRAP MAN
I think this guy/gal oh_uh_um_ah has a right to say whatever he/she wants. So shut yer pie hole.
You are not supposed to use the 'Write A Review' section for your personal attacks, and bigotry. READ THE RULES FOR THE INTERNET ARCHIVE, dummy. Save it for the 'Forum'.The 'Write A Review' section is for talking about the show, it's not for attacking each other. It's not about persecuting someone for telling people how to share the music. If someone doesn't want to download a show they won't. And if someone wanted to record a live GRATEFUL DEAD show no one could stop them..rightSHARE...SHARE...SHARE....that's what this is about...it's not about your hate for someone that is helping people enjoy life.

I support sharing the music...so pass it on:

Here's one way to download/stream this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.

If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.

OR

Take the "audio out" of the "headphone jack" on your computer and hook it up to the "input" on your Reel-to-Reel, Cassette, Beta-Max, VHS, CD, DVD, MP3 recorder and record it in real time....duh?

Reviewer: doubleyouteeeff - - August 31, 2009
Subject: ?!
for anyone interested in taking a peak behind the mask of the complete tool oh_uh_um_ah, this link might be of interest:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/forum-display.php?poster=oh_uh_um_ah

thanks for the HATE!

Reviewer: corvidae - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 30, 2009
Subject: real player help
oh uh um ah - can you please tell me how to view the page in real player? thanks!

Reviewer: 10ACKen - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2009
Subject: Keith's Playing
I agree with skr213 - Keith's playing never did it for me, either. Simplistic and boring. Luckily, it's not bad, or "off," so it doesn't intrude on the excellent musicianship flowing throughout the rest of the band. It's just plain. Great (maybe the greatest) period in Dead history. Wonderful show.

Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - July 24, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 7, 1977 at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.

Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 20, 2009
Subject: Believe the Hype!
When Betty Cantor failed to pay the rent on her storage unit, this wonderful recording fell into our hands. Wow! This is what a soundboard should sound like. What a performance! Phil's bass is deep and rich. Thank you, Betty!

BTW, check out the new St. Patty's day T-shirt at www.dead.net "Steal-your-Shamrock", Boston Gahden, 1977.

Go Celtics! The Big Three are back!

Reviewer: joeno-martian-hwy-alumni - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 15, 2009
Subject: Thr Grateful Dead at "Bah-ston Gah-dins!"
What can I say? This was such an astounding concert from a band who was still just beginning to realize their "vision." I got in early,an hour before concert-time; and for a sound check they played the most beautiful rendition of "Brokedown Palace" I've ever heard.The harmonies,especially with Donna's help,were perfect.(Any one have a tape of this?) It was merely a preview of what was to come.We were sitting stage left just slighly above the band,so we could hear the drums&lifiers before being pumped through the sound system. I think this particular version of "Mississippi Half-Step" is the bomb! To see it unfold guided by Jerry's spectacular solo into that powerful crescendo was breath-taking;total improv at its best! 2nd set they played a "new' song,"Terrapin Station"it was amazing to listen as they went through all of the changes/dynamics of this song.
Friend of the Devil,in this unexpected slow version building to its thunderous climax just blew everybody away!!The band just kept rolling 'em out one after another,the Wheel,Eyes of The World,Estimated Prophet;I think they went far beyond their usual standards,and you could see how much the band was diggin'it!!

Reviewer: Komos - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 5, 2009
Subject: yay!!
Sound is good.

Music Never Stopped is great.

Terrapin is greater.



good show.

wish i could have been there.

Reviewer: darkstar2012 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 17, 2009
Subject: Edit, Edit, Edit...
Wasn't too impressed on 1st listen, the dead air between tracks is too distracting. Fix it and give it another go. Oh, how sweet the sound, it saved a wretch like me!

Reviewer: effensweet - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 2, 2009
Subject: Wow
Sick!

Reviewer: Klaus A. - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 27, 2008
Subject: Stellar Wharf Rat
What an psychedelich, emotional trip, Jerrys voice, his Gituar,unbelieveable!!!

Reviewer: mgford25 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 17, 2008
Subject: To Each His Own
For me, this is Keith at one of his zeniths. His contribution in Wheel > Wharf Rat is spectacular. If you're into Keith grab this, and don't forget 7-18-76, 4-8-72, and 12-10-71 . . . to name just a few. He's alive throughout 71 and 72, and there are other dates too numerous to mention, but on the above boards you can hear him very clearly.

My only complaint about sound, if we're quibbling, is why all the vocals on these 77 boards sound like they've gone through a couple levels of reverb. They must have switched to a different microphone configuration for the leads (perhaps more than one mic or a mix with a more distant placement?) because the vocal quality, its distance or "thinness," is very different from some of the fat 76 vocals. In any case, 5+ show, still stellar sound. I'll take shows like this anyway I can get them. One of the best of 77, for sure. The other Charlie Miller board is probably your best bet for absolute highest quality.

Reviewer: skr213 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 3, 2008
Subject: Great Show but ...
This is a fantastic show, but Keith's oversimplistic 1-3-5 trinkling is driving me absolutely crazy. For being a member of an improv driven band, his child-like contributions bring everything down a notch.

Reviewer: marcus.butler - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 23, 2008
Subject: Enduring Dead
Vintage year, superior sound quality.

- boulder butler

Reviewer: RFKROX - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 20, 2008
Subject: Best show of 1977!
LawrenceT wrote: I would give it a 2 but it just doesn't cut it.

Dude, you need to have your head examined and check into a psychiatric ward! You have absolutely "NO CLUE" how to rate an awesome Grateful Dead show!


Anyone that gives this show less than 5 stars needs to have their head examined!! There is a reason why this show has been downloaded 308,000+ times (2nd download for this show on archive.org). The 1st download (Bertha remaster by Rob Eaton, The Wizard, and Jay Ashley) is the best-sounding version, so download that one. There is some extra tuning/equipment problems before and after some songs, but that only makes this concert better than all the others. And believe me, this was “no warm-up” for Barton Hall. In fact, the Boston Garden and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium book-end shows were the best shows of the 3-night stand, IMHO. Yes, Barton Hall is good, but the audio and quality of the Boston Garden show is off-the-hook!!

The Barton Hall show was downloaded 126,000+ times. Compare that to the Boston Garden show that was downloaded 308,000+ times. I have the Palladium 4/30 flac (lossless) show that I purchased from the deadnetstore.com. The quality is out-of-this-world! Guess what? The quality from the Boston Garden show sounds almost, if not as good, IMHO (and it’s not even lossless).

Now for the show… First of all, forget about the equipment repairs that last several minutes in between some of the songs. They only helped the perfection of this awesome concert, as well. When you burn your _vbr.mp3’s to disk, you don’t have to burn the equipment repair fillers, anyway. The 1st set is as good as any 1st set I’ve heard. Bertha – Cassidy – Deal – Jack Straw is smokin’! Peggy-O is definitely a top-3 of all time, and New Minglewood Blue sounds better than the Barton Hall version, without a doubt!

Now we get to Mississippi Half-Step. Another user stated he thought the best Half-Steps were from ’80 and ’81 until he heard this one. I couldn’t echo that any more! This Half-Step is without a doubt, the fucking bomb!! I have “NEVER” heard Garcia’s guitar transcend my mind like it does on this song! Absolutely, breathtaking! If anyone can find a better Half-Step, then I’d sure like to know! It actually reminds me of Jerry’s guitar on the Dark Star from “Live Dead”. It’s that good, folks!! Big River, Jed and TMNS round out the 1st set, that just doesn’t let up!

And the 2nd set is about as good as I’ve heard for a 2nd set. Terrapin into Sampson just blows me away! Friend of the Devil and Estimated Prophet will have you jammin’ no matter what you are doing. Eyes of the World is very good and Drums is not drawn out, but Eyes is certainly not a top-10. However, The Wheel leading into a 15-1/2 minute Wharf Rat is ridiculous and one for the ages! Around and Around is solid, but the U.S. Blues culminates this show into a top-5 show of all time, IMHO. By the way, Jerry breaks a string before U.S. Blues, but fixes it before the finale.

People have commented on the equipment problems during this show. As far as I’m concerned, it only made this show better because so much tuning was done before most songs that only made the songs sound that much better! The only minor flaws in this show is a slight “feedback” at the beginning of Bertha, and Jack Straw only lasted 5 minutes. But that is me just being picky! LOL

Go listen to Barton Hall, and then listen to Boston Garden. If the 5/7 Boston Garden had a version of Scarlet > Fire from the 5/8 Barton Hall show added to the 2nd set, then this Boston Garden show may have been the best show of all-time! Definitely would have been the best show in 1977. If they only could have played Good Lovin’ after Bertha before Cassidy! OMG!! Can you imagine that??

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead
rfkrox44@hotmail.com

PEACE-OUT!

Reviewer: LawrenceT - 1.00 out of 5 stars - February 20, 2008
Subject: Its ok
I would give it a 2 but it just doesn't cut it.^.

Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 13, 2008
Subject: being obstinate, eh? don’t wanna work, eh? why I oughta…
i though when the wall of sound and its “insects” were retired that the equipment issues went away? first set momentum certainly compromised by the incessant tuning and nailing by mickey and billy, but i’m so goddamn baked i could give a rat’s ass.

so, a dozen nights into this tour, the boys and donna just sound better and better each night. while everything in the first set sparkles, deal has been gaining momentum with each playing and mr. lesh, again, shines on this tight version. jack straw #2 of the tour is another highlight. And half step>big river is just ridiculous and jerry and co. just own it! MNS was made to close the first set, and this one is pissah!

terrapin finds an untested spot as the set opener and a rousing samson gets us juiced. a soulful FOTD cools us off before we get to the meet of the set. (yet) another impressive estimated, which clearly has the reverb just exactly where they want it based on this amazing jam. after some more tinkering (and my blowing my umpteenth bone of the night) they launch again, and jerry and phil are just staring each other down as they try to outdo each other in eyes (with keith, bobby and drummers in hot pursuit!). wheel and wharf rat both blow my already blown mind, and the last two songs are just what the doctor ordered.

i head to the door to start thumbing a ride – it’s a long fucking way to Ithaca. i hope it’s worth it.

Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 17, 2008
Subject: hitdrag check your email !
i sent you an email with an invite to a grateful site and the web address to a few others hope this helps you out, enjoy and im sure you will have all your music back soon, next time just put all your hard drives in a safe along with your computer !!!

Reviewer: hitdrag - - January 15, 2008
Subject: please help me guys and gals
looking at all the reviews I can tell there are some very good people out there and I was wondering if anyone would help me. I have spent the last thirty years going to shows and trying to be a good dead head helping people,going that extra mile when there is a person in need. I came home and all my pc stuff was gone???? They could have left my extra hard drive that I have been working on for years to get shows and its all gone> Will anyone out there help me start to get some of my music back???? Take anything but not my dead please!!!!! ajak58@msn.com

Reviewer: JustinMusic - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 26, 2007
Subject: WOW
Wow, this is a great show with almost everyone of my favorite songs. The only thing about this show that is missing is Scarlet Fire. The Bertha makes the show worth downloading. I love this. You will to. I mean, how often do they play The Weel.

Reviewer: TruthSpeaker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 11, 2007
Subject: Phenomenal
This show is incredible... they play so many of my favorite songs on here too.

One of my favorite Scarlet's and the Music Never Stopped on here is bar far the best.

Epic show..... the reason why there were so many tune-ups is because Jerry and the boys wanted to make sure each song sounded perfect. That's why there is a tune-up before each song.

Reviewer: lazylightning101 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 23, 2007
Subject: Where to download.
Go to www.nugs.net do download this poppin show. One of May's finest. If that doesn't work i will send you a copy of the show. Email me back at wcooney101@msn.com. Good luck and enjoy the show.

Reviewer: gforty - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 20, 2007
Subject: The sound is incredible
The sound is so incredible on this recording.

People keep posting saying that this is the best concert that they have downloaded....
question is, how can I download it?
Appears to only be available in streaming format.

Thanks

Reviewer: JamminJerome - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2007
Subject: Does it get any better than this?
Well, okay, maybe it does. But shows like this don't come around often. This is one of those special shows where the boys were ON. Of course, in May 77 that was the case pretty much every night. The Wharf Rat here sent shivers down my spine. Terrapin Station is spot on, and the Peggy-O is one of the finest you'll ever hear.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about this show is the sound. Many SBD shows sound flat, but this one has very rich and full sound.

Reviewer: Birchola - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 16, 2007
Subject: sound quality is a 5
best dead show i have downloaded in a long time..77 is my fav yr and this is possibly the best from 77...dont pass this by and ownload it now..

Reviewer: DarkAura - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 6, 2007
Subject: One Thing I Have To Say...
One Thing I Have To Say... I love Donna in this one... She sounds so good... I love the slight Reverb also... Rules.... Mike T

Reviewer: vabeauty - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 31, 2007
Subject: I looooooove this
What an awesome show and I am always looking for a hot Bertha. :)

Reviewer: grateful kev - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 21, 2007
Subject: great show!!!!!!!!
1977 is one of my favorite years for the dead.... so many great shows you can go to NUGS.NET and download a pretty good version of this plus a whole lot of other great music some not
available on this wonderful site......

Reviewer: FlyinEddie - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 28, 2007
Subject: May 1977 A Month Of Special Music
As I listen to this show I get a vision of Garcia smoking a cigarette, facing his guitar rig, turing the wheel on his tuner...Bob walks over and says something and they start to talk. Now Micky is standing leaning over his kit and listening. Keith looks to be asleep waiting to play at the piano. Bobby walks up to a mike says something about ..."until its exactly right".. and Phil plays a loud rif the sound of chords and notes and cymbols and the crowd roars, whistles, guesses and pleads for another song. 10 minutes later are we closer to a song? No ones that worried. I know I can wait...Sorry but one thing that makes this recording so good is the real feel of repairs/tuning. Back in 77 there was a lot of time between songs. But when they played...OH MY. What a Month...what a show. Thanks

Reviewer: Chiefwigumsboy00 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2007
Subject: Great
Sounds awesome.

Reviewer: Zaorish - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 19, 2007
Subject: A fool and his SBDs are quickly parted
Did it ever cross your mind that if you blatantly post how to steal the SBD in your review that SOMEONE from Rhino might just browse by and flip his shit? Maybe even REMOVE ALL STREAMS??? Please. At least talk about it somewhere else!

Now for the show.

The sound on this show is not believable. It is impossible. It is a fucking miracle. That is why I say that God blessed Jerry & the boys. (I really like recordings with echo/reverb) Jerry is on fire, but notably Keith is also on fire here, which is rare for him in 77-78. If you love true beauty removed from all other things, get this sbd however you can.

Reviewer: Phil Diamond - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 15, 2007
Subject: Good Lord
The sound is so good on this. The Cassidy IS SMOKING. Donna is singing perfectly with Bobby.
I must go look for this on bt.etree.org

Reviewer: hogwash - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 30, 2007
Subject: beats 5/8 imo
i know 5/8/77 gets all the hoopla but man oh man, this one kicks 5/8's butt. all the equipment problems & such do detract from it, and i suspect that's why it doesn't get as much attention as the cornell show, but it's easy enough to skip over those tracks. listen to it. this is the Dead at their very peak. i've always been a little iffy on 5/8 being the greatest show ever as i think they really played it safe that night. everything is well executed but there are no risks taken. this (5/7) is THE night...and THE show. there are those moments where they take off and you're not sure if they're going to make it back in one piece and miraculously, they pull it off. with Garcia's guitar leading the way. very cool early (i think?) Terrapin. grab it, it's amazing.

Reviewer: skeleton and roses - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 28, 2007
Subject: sound quality is astonishing
and the dead were on--dead on--that night.

Reviewer: bacculus - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 15, 2007
Subject: WoW
Wow. Used to be that a recording studio was where you made a pristine recording. Well, take your studion version of terrapin Station and destroy it. It's embarrasing compared to this. This should be put on board the Voyager deep space probe to demonstrate the best of late-70's Dead to freaks in other solar systems.

Reviewer: Burnt Rich - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 1, 2007
Subject: Shangri-La!!!!!!!!!!
No matter how many times this show is played in my life----it will never fail to just floor me. No matter how many times!! I scored the Betty Board on a Maxell @ Stevens Pass Ski Area one night. I was a night lift operator--we ran the lifts until 10:00 pm every night......I figured scoring this sweet 2nd set Boston Garden show warranted an early night off from my duties. Called the boss--night was slow--got off work early and headed back to the old Alaskan camper in the overnight lot--one of only two residents in that lot in those days. Ate a quick dinner and then threw a couple doses on the tongue,grabbed the Walkman and the 213cm Kastle Super G's and hit the slopes about 6:30 pm......Holy Sheep Shit!!!!! Never mind the fog-marine flow in the Cascades and the night lights and frost crystal maddness!! When that Terrapin came out swingin'---I was peakin and OH MY GOD!!! WHAT KIND OF ENERGY IS THIS!!?? Big ol' Samson and then I just melted to the SWEETEST, SWEETEST Friend of the Devil---by Estimated I was GONE!!! Wheel...Wharf...This show will boggle your senses---sorry for the tale but you never can forget the first time...this show is HOLY!! That show, the doses, the 3 1/2 hours of solo night skiing playing this tape over and over for the rest of the season...so beautiful, this night @ Boston Garden--so beautiful!!! Thanks for the clarity to the uploader deity!!

Reviewer: Jeff62959 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 29, 2007
Subject: Fantastic show and recording
This is way up there in my best of list. lots of tuning chops it up a bit but this show rocks! great estimated prophet jam.

Reviewer: stacgre - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 5, 2007
Subject: I need this!!!!!
I am a recent greatful dead fan. got introduce through a great cover band here in Chicago (Mr. Blotto) and after a Phill and friends shows and a couple DSO shows I had to start listening to the real thing!

just found this jem and listening at work, but it will only stream...how can I get this keep permenantly??? please help.

Reviewer: jlglex - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 3, 2007
Subject: Only One Half-Step From Mississippi to Boston!!
WOW!

The best half step I have ever heard. Sent shivers down my spine. They were really tight, but still jammed very creatively. Really sweet sound, too. This Half-Step has now moved Half-Step up on my list of favorite Dead tunes.

Reviewer: bencterry - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 30, 2007
Subject: they're a band beyond description...
As a previous poster said, I have had a Betty reel of this show for several years, and to hear a sbd of this show this good is just such a treat. Much has been said of May '77, and every show has unbelievable highlights. In my opinion, the Wheel>Wharf Rat here is absolute peak dead. My favorite Wharf Rat of all time.

For other beautiful may 77 shows, 5/4 is incredibly strong, as are 5/19 and 5/21, and let us not forget the legendary show at The Mosque on 5/25.

5 stars for sound quality, setlist, playing, and energy.

Reviewer: soma4u - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 14, 2007
Subject: My Favorite Show of all time
Peggy-O is the tits

Reviewer: philphanatic - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 11, 2007
Subject: smokin' hot
five stars for just about every reason. the boys are on tonight. i cant imagine what it would be like to be here. this is probably the best show ive heard. i think may 7th in boston should be grateful dead day instead of tomorow night. (though tomorow's show in ithaca is great too)

sit back, light up, and turn the volume up all the way and go to a different universe.

Reviewer: Louis1954 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 29, 2006
Subject: Boston Garden 5/7/77
I was 23 when I attended this show. We sat behind the stage in clear view of the boys. They played facing each other most of the time, and seemed to enjoy it better than any one at the Garden that night. That night was always a highlight I my life.
If I had a time machine ..this would be my first stop. Every time I listen to this show I still get a chill. 1977 was when the Dead peaked...and this could possibly be there best show that year!!

Reviewer: manicman - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 16, 2006
Subject: Simply Amazing
AAA sound quality and great show, Mississippi Half-Step is off the charts.

Reviewer: airag - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 30, 2006
Subject: Holy Mother of God
Listening to this show will spiritually transform your life. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to actually be there! My flesh would have melted off like in the first Indiana Jones movie. My oh my!

Reviewer: NedCat - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 22, 2006
Subject: Dream Show
This was my 2nd Deadshow after one in NYC and I was 17. Took my younger sister and we both remain dedicated to the Dead to this day. I never dreamed I would hear such a crisp and vibrant version of the show. (My 1st show in 1977..last in 1995)Of all recordings in this time frame?..this one blows the best into the yonder!!! Thanks from my entire family!!

Reviewer: jfolks - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 16, 2006
Subject: Thanks RobE
Thanks Rob E. for everything you do! Recreating the GD experience like no one else, playing the music PERFECTLY, AND remixing this amazing show into a perfect clean mix. Its a bird, its a plane, no its bobby! No he's SUPER-HEAD!

Reviewer: Crowfriend - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 7, 2006
Subject: Bueno
This is the show I have listened to over and over. Bertha starts off a little unsure-is it gonna happen tonight?- then Keith hammers on the piano- the entire mood picks way up- Get this one and all others - including tomorrow night's extravaganza- shall pale in the comparison. My unhesitating vote for the bestest first set ever, from any band, anywhere, anytime. ENJOY!

Reviewer: Geoffsky - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 6, 2005
Subject: Good Show - Really
Crowfriend
Take a cold shower !

Reviewer: wdman - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 22, 2005
Subject: killer show,sound,crowd,...
This is probably the best show, as far as everything, I have in my collection. The sound quality is perfect. WATCH OUT ->some of these other dowloads dont have the entire show!! This one dose (oops!) does.
Something else to say about this jewel, the entire show is represented here. There are no skips between the songs when the band was "getting ready" for the next song. You hear a little of the crowd screaming in-between songs for them to hurry,but they always took their time. You can close your eyes and get the real sense that you are there. Listening to this I am confronted with those familiar chords while they were working out the beginning of the next song. Everybody would start guessing on what the next song was going to be and the "winner" was the one who figured it out first. What a great time.

My suggestion, get this, play it without looking at the set list, close your eyes, sit on the floor or stand in front of the stereo, fade back, sway, dance, sing, smile, smile, smile.

Reviewer: jamall - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 19, 2005
Subject: Excellent Job
on the mix here. I had a "tired" Betty C. board that was many generations old. I still played it, b/c in a year of 5 star shows, this one has to be in the top 5. The first set alone is just amazing.
Probably the best "Music" I've ever heard. I know there are other great ones...I would not be surprised to see this as a DP, despite the popularity of next evening's show.

Thanks

Reviewer: Deep Space - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 25, 2005
Subject: Fantastc Work
6 Stars to Mr. Eaton & Co. for the production work.

I hope that when the time is right some other 77 shows might get a proper going over as far as re-mastering goes. 6/9/77 etc...

A must have for any collector.

Reviewer: Mike Zichella - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 29, 2004
Subject: Choose this source.
In my humble ears opinion...
This new source sounds much cleaner than the more frequently used muddy Betty board source.

Have a listen for yourself.

Reviewer: adamamps - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 2, 2004
Subject: Excellent Job
Great remaster. Hope to see more the show is awsome. THanks to all who put in the time

Reviewer: peter teitelbaum - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 1, 2004
Subject: Thanks Rob and Wiz!
A fabulous upgrade to a fabulous show. Superb work by Rob Eaton in re-dbx-decoding the primary source that clears up the thudding low end on the original WBOTB? source with much better overall clarity. Excellent finish work by Wiz in blending the Aud patches, cleaning up rough spots and providing the U.S. Blues encore in the alternate SBD source. A must-have for any collector.